Islamabad, August 26, 2015 (PPI-OT): Minister of State for Education Engineer Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman attended a seminar as a Chief Guest on “Education for all” in relation to the World Literacy Day on 8th Sept at PIPS (Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services) arranged by the member parliament Asiya Nasir today. Minister of State talked about the importance of literacy and education on the occasion. He lamented that we missed the MDGs (Millennium Development Goal) but now we should not overlook SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), for which we have formulated a committee in order to get it implemented within the given timeline.
Further he added that we know that our allocated budget to education i.e. 2% is already very low but in comparison with tax to GDP ratio it is the best we can allocate at the moment, our tax to GDP ratio has been improved from 8.55 to 9.1% and we are also working to increase our education budget in coming years. According to United Nations standards a nation should spend 4% of its GDP or 20-25% of its total budget on education whichever is less, stated the Minister.
He said that by the grace of Allah Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan have already spending 28%, 27% and 26% of their total budget respectively on education, although we still need to improve this condition according to the education emergency in the country. He further added that in our tenure we have increased the budget of Higher Education from Rs. 40 billion to Rs. 70 billion in two years.
Talking about the literacy rate minister of state said that literacy rate has gone up from 58% to 60% according to the figures of AEPAM (Academy of education planning and management). Moreover the drop children from primary schools have gone done from 6.7 billion to 6 billion, although it’s a great achievement yet we should not be too happy about it as 6 billion children are still out of school.
In the end minister of state told that the Curriculum Wing building has been handed over to the ministry of education and professional training with the direction of Prime Minister as he has showed a keen interest in the National Curriculum Council. Moreover National Education Policy 2009 which is going to be revised would soon be open for public opinion as well.
We have started collaborating with the universities for applied research, research would be conducted and implemented in the government departments and institutes, said the State minister. I will be looking forward to the findings of this seminar and hope that it would be beneficial for the education system in our country, stated the state minister. Seminar was attended by the members Parliament and directors and officials of PIPS.
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